Nashville --- Tennessee State University has 57 student-athletes on the 2011 OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll including two medal of honor recipients, Charles Sparkman (Football) and Jacarra Dennis (Women's Track and Field).
Dennis and Sparkman's selection moves TSU's total OVC Medal of Honor count to 15 with 18 medals awarded.
Mercy Udoji (Women's Track and Field and Cross Country) gathered four medals from 2001-03 and currently holds the most OVC Medal of Honor awards among TSU student-athletes. In addition, Rashad Allen (Men's Track and Field) was the first Tiger to receive the medal after the 1993-94 season.
It was also announced that a record 164 Ohio Valley Conference student-athletes received the Medal of Honor for the 2010-11 season. The Medal of Honor is given annually to the student-athlete who achieves the highest grade point average in a Conference-sponsored sport. It marks the seventh year in a row there were over 100 winners.
The 164 honorees are the most in the history of the award, surpassing the record of 146 in 2009-10. It also marks the seventh year in a row there have been over 100 winners. Everyone that earned a Medal of Honor carried a perfect 4.0 grade point average during the year. Of the 164 award winners, 18 were awarded Medals of Honor for multiple sports (and counted just once in the final recipients list).
Those numbers included 41 student-athletes who compete in non-OVC championship sports that do not compete in another conference (i.e. Southeast Missouri gymnastics, UT Martin equestrian, Eastern Illinois rugby and SIUE wrestling) and 82 student-athletes who were recipients in multiple sports (and counted just once in the final total).
The OVC also announced that 1,039 student-athletes were named to the 2010-11 OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll, just five off the all-time record (set each of the last two seasons).
To be listed, recipients must have achieved at least a 3.25 grade point average and have been eligible and on the team throughout the competitive season in their chosen NCAA-sponsored sport(s) and used a season of competition (they could not have redshirted).
While Sparkman and Dennis headline TSU's recognition among the top OVC's academic award winners, 55 other Tigers were selected to the OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Football paced TSU with 12 honor roll recipients while softball followed with 11. Women's Track and Field had seven on the list, Volleyball added six while Women's Basketball and Men's Track and Field each posted five. Men's Golf recorded four while three represented for Men's Tennis. Women's Golf and Women's Tennis rounded out the list with one student-athlete apiece.
The list of TSU student-athletes that were named to the OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll include: (Men's Basketball) Patrick Miller, Wil Peters (Women's Basketball) Kimberly Haynes, Simone Hopes, Chelsea Hudson, Avery Jones, Meredith Stafford (Football) Brandon Bather, Ryan Berry, Kadeem Edwards, Fredrick Henderson, Timothy Murphy, Jeremy Perry, Johnnie Poole, Maurice Royster, Charles Sparkman, Jonathan Wilcox, Devin Wilson, Marques Wilkins (Men's Golf) Richard Gill, Ryan Pierson, Cameron Scitern, Ryan Smith (Women's Golf) Bria Norris (Softball) Jalisa Bradley, Katye Brown, Susie Burke, Brittany Davis, Caitlin Eaton, Ashley Haynes, Ashley Heinaman, Kara Murr, Kelly Troglin, Aisha Walker, Brittany Webb, Men's Tennis, Justin Hamm, Shaun Ingram, Lawrence Washington (Women's Tennis), Khadijah Williams (Men's Track and Field) Donnie Johnson, Julian Mallory, Printence McMurtrey, Monte Yancey, Duvall Young (Women's Track and Field) Jacarra Dennis, Tiffany Harris, Cierra Joshua, Kenisha Ladler, Brittani Logan, Andreanna Rowe, Daniecce Ward (Volleyball) Britani Hathorn, Danielle Howell, Erika Moss, Vicmari Prospero, Santia Sanders, Calasia Williams